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Judge invokes Flint crisis in ruling on Detroit schools plan

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A judge has invoked Flint's crisis with lead-tainted water in ruling to block the Detroit public school district's attempt to cut costs by reducing the number of boiler operators at schools.

The Detroit Free Press reports Wayne County Circuit Judge David Allen says in his ruling released Monday that leaving boilers unattended puts children at risk and "we reap what we sow."

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 sought to stop the district from cutting licensed boiler engineers at 75 schools from one at each school. A plan to save $3 million a year called for there to be 15, each responsible for five schools.

The district argued technological advances in boiler monitoring made the plan safe. Darnell Earley, the district's emergency manager, previously oversaw Flint's finances.

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